When it comes to fashion week, it doesn't get much more serious than Paris. And that goes double for the A-list front rows.

At Stella McCartney, VV Brown mixes a little softness with her signature edge.

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As usual, Clemence Poesy is the ultimate modern gamine. At Chloe.

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld takes a maximalist approach, but retains her mere's slightly goth aesthetic โ€” at Givenchy.

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Also at Givenchy, Nicole Richie pares down her look to the sexy, Emma Peel-ish essentials.

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Jade Williams gives a cool early-90s spin to Stella McCartney lace.

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Florence Welch โ€” naturally โ€” lends her Givenchy a dose of granny-chic cool.

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Daisy Lowe is quirky-cute at Sonia Rykiel.

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Rosamund Pike, a total, Lanvin lady.

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Liv Tyler has discovered one sure-fire way to deflect the paps: an enormous, snarling Givenchy Rottweiler plastered across one's midsection.

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Laetitia Casta skews a little steampunk โ€” a word that I devoutly hope neither she nor anyone at Givenchy ever employs.

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Does Kanye West signal the blessed end of the leopard reign? One can only hope, at Vivienne Westwood.